Paktika PRT hosts governance training for provincial officials, sub governors

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Written by U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Mark Lazane Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs Saturday, 12 June 2010 20:47

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan- Melinda Witter, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team’s U.S. Agency for International Development foreign service officer, explains the schedule of events during the two-day line director and sub governor conference held at the governor’s compound June 9. The conference was the first event in a series of trainings geared at increasing provincial and district leader’s capacity for governance. Participants in the conference received training on different types of dialogue, various ways to communicate with their constituents and community mapping procedures geared at identifying the true needs of the people they serve. (photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan—The Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team, led by Paktika PRT’s U.S. Agency for International Development foreign service officer, concluded a provincial line director and sub governor training workshop at the provincial governor’s compound here June 10.


The objective of the two-day event was to build line director and sub governor capacity for the purpose of development in the province.


The event garnered roughly 40 participants from throughout the province, including the provincial governor, several provincial officials and many of the district sub governors.

 


“The purpose of the conference this week was to increase governance and citizen engagement skills to include dialogue, community mapping and listening to citizens,” said Melinda Witter, senior U.S. Agency for International Development representative for Paktika province. “These types of trainings enable the government to do a better job of listening to their citizens and responding to their needs on a village and district level.”

 


The conference was the first phase of a tiered approach to capacity building in the province.


Future planned training events will focus on more complex issues of governance such as budgeting and proposal writing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting within specific lines of effort and finally, provincial strategy planning, said Witter.


 “This training is really going to bring up the capacity of local Paktika line directors and sub governors of this province,” said Moheebullah Samim, the governor of Paktika province. “As far as I know, each line director and sub governor is an educated and intelligent person, but they still need this training to build capacity in order for them to do their job correctly.”


Other Paktika provincial leaders also felt the training was necessary and much appreciated.


“I learned here how to develop a good relationship with the people I serve,” said Juma Mohammad, Paktika province deputy governor. “I also felt it was interesting to see how we can talk with people and engage in dialogue effectively. If we use what we learn here, we can communicate better with each other and with our own communities.”
PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan- Melinda Witter, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team’s U.S. Agency for International Development foreign service officer, conducts an exercise with various provincial and district leaders during a two-day capacity building conference held at the governor’s compound in Sharana, June 9. The conference was the first event in a series of trainings geared at increasing provincial and district leader’s capacity for governance. Participants in the conference received training on different types of dialogue, various ways to communicate with their constituents and community mapping procedures geared at identifying the true needs of the people they serve. (photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan- Line directors and sub governors from throughout the province participate in a training exercise during a recent capacity-building conference held at the governor’s compound in the provincial capital of Sharana, June 9. The two-day event was the first in a series of trainings designed to help teach line directors and sub governors how to better interact with the local population and focus their resources on the needs of the province. Approximately 40 provincial and district leaders participated in the conference, representing almost every area of Paktika province. (photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Demetrius Lester, Paktika Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)
 

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